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made on the same day, in fact come as weekly jobless claims unexpectedly skyrocketed. president obama created the jobs council back in 2011, billing the advisory board of prominent business leaders and economists from around the nation who were to offer proposals to help spur job creation and economic growth. the president only met with his jobs counselor handful of times, four to be exact, rejecting or ignoring many proposals, including a plan to lower tax rates in order to broaden the overall tax base. the council's last official meeting one and one year ago. unemployment has dropped from more than 9 percent of the council's inception to the current rate of 78%, but more than 23 million americans remain of work or are stuck in part-time jobs , wanted full-time work for. meantime, we learned initial jobless claims rose to 360,000 last week, an unexpected jump of over 38,000 from the prior week's four year low. the obama economy seems stuck in neutral. recoveries fragile. yesterday the drop in gdp. tomorrow's january unemployment report expected to remain. critics said the president h
's four year low. the obama economy seems stuck in neutral. recoveries fragile. yesterday the drop in gdp. tomorrow's january unemployment report expected to remain. critics said the president has not remained lazar focused on creating jobs, and the dissolution of the jobs council is just the latest example of that. fox news senior white house correspondent with our report. >> more than one year after his last meeting with the group, president obama is now eviewing the charter for is jobs council. the unemployment rate is falling a little more than a percentage point as the council's first meeting two years ago and no one in the white house says it has fallen far enough. officials defend the council's work in mr. obama's interaction with it. >> the jobs council provided us a series of ideas, many of which the president acted on. it did not require some leaves us ideaso be generated. >> from the start critics believe the council was intended to create the appearance of action in the face of soaring unemployment. it only met four times and had fewer than two dozen conference calls enlisting
to judy. >> woodruff: president obama wrapped up his post-state of the union tour with a visit to his hometown today. margaret warner has the story. >> warner: the president's trip to chicago came amid the country's new focus on gun violence. and while he was there to talk about raising the minimum wage and expanding preschool for children, the city's surge of gun killings wasn't far from his mind. >> last year, there were 443 murders with a firearm on the streets of this city, and 65 of those victims were 18 and under. so that's the equivalent of a newtown every four months. and that's precisely why the overwhelming majority of americans are asking for some common-sense proposals to make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun. >> warner: those 443 shooting deaths were among more than 500 homicides in chicago last year. and last month, 15-year-old hadiya pendleton, who had just performed during president obama's inauguration festivities in washington, was shot dead about a mile from the first family's chicago home. first lady michelle obama attended her funeral last weeke
, about who won and lost. >> obama care is the law of the land. >> when we look back, we'll be better off. >> one week from today, the sequester spending cuts go into effect. it happens. president obama's unwillingness to put a plan on the table. >> the president laid out no plan to eliminate the sequester and the harmful cuts that will come as a result of it. it is incumbent upon the president and senate democrats to show us their plan, to stop the sequester from going into effect. >> march 1st, the day that the devastating sequestration cuts, the president's sequestration cuts take effect and we've yet to hear a plan from the president. we need the president to lead and come forward with his proposals. >> it is the president who proposed the sequester. it is the president who designed the sequester. the president gave a speech showing that he would like to replace it but has not put any details out there. >> no plan, we need a plan, the president needs to come forward with his proposals. it is the president who needs to give up the plan. i don't know if this is a failure of reading comp
lady michelle obama was on hand via satellite from the diplomatic room at the white house to give the presentation. white house photographer pete souza tweeted thought photo and the first lady is giving the honor. she sent a statement that in part read she's a movie lover and was honored to celebrate the artists who inspire us and our children. the first lady will join her husband and vice president and dr. jill biden in speaking today to the national governor's association in the state dining room. mrs. obama is going to ask that the governors work with her to help make it easier for returning veterans to transfer into civilian life. she wants states to pass laws or enact proposals that will help them get professional credentials or licenses without having to relearn or go through the motions of relearning the skill sets they already know. and that way they will be licensed for credentialed for civilian life. president obama discussed the collection of bipartisan governors from across the country last night. he asked for smart, common sense solutions to the challenges ahead in cr
when he was nominated to be the cia director. and as an obama supporter of course i was shocked to find out who was crowned be kept on as obama secretary of defense but when he told people i found interesting and was the major reason i wanted to write this book and what he said was we are moving towards a smaller military that will do fewer things and be able to go fewer places which he felt was a terrible thing and he added i don't want to be a part of that kind of system that is going to retrench. my feeling has been we need a smaller military that will do fewer things and go to fewer places. so that is the kind of book i wanted to write. i thought that i should do it even though others have really had ma named a lot of this. i am sure you are familiar with the work of d-nd for example, who wrote things such as the american empire and years before that, john neuhaus, one of my favorite writers wrote in imperial america and other books have dealt with this with an unusual background in the sense that i spent 42 years in the government and the state department, defense department and th
'll take a fair and balanced look at it coming up. also new developments today with president obama's health care law. as questions come up about a company that has been awarded a 340 million dollar loan to set up these health insurance exchanges. despite having a history of consumer and regulatory complaints, i mean, lots of complaints, now, the house oversight committee started asking questions about the company and how exactly it got selected to participate in obamacare, given its checkered history. and that committee just told us within the hour, that it is now getting some responses to its inquirienquiries, we're not, but stu varney is on the fox business network and he's up to speed. so, stu, it just so happens that this company we're talking about, that's going to help, you know, we talk about the exchanges under obamacare and i refer to it like the expedia.com, you go online and say, this is how old i am, my medical history. what are my options? they say you can have this plan and this plan and under obamacare, the government is creating these supposedly nonprofit entities t
. president obama shifting focus back to the economy after encouraging economic news friday. >> home prices are starting to climb again and car sales at a five-year high. manufacturing is roaring back. the business created 2.2 million jobs last year and our economy created more jobs than econom t economists originally thought. >> jones industrial average closed about 14,000 on friday, the highest since 2007. the los angeles mayor has put an end to speculation that he will be joining the obama cabinet. there is talk he might be transportation secretary. he said he will finish out his term as mayor. in massachusetts, former senator scott brown said he will not be running for the senate seat vacated by john kerry, but there is speculation that brown could have his eye on the governor's seat when patrick steps down in 2014. we will take you to boston to big deeper into that story later in the show. a whole lot to get to first. vice president biden is in germany and talking international security with diplomats from around the globe. in his speech earlier he called the president a tyrant and sa
of the day. president obama is back at the white house and he will be back at work in just a couple of hours together with all members of the white house press corps back from florida the white house, meanwhile has released its own outline for comprehensive immigration reform. and on the gun safety front "the new york times" reporting there is growing bipartisan support in congress both for legislation to tighten up the background checks so that they apply in all cases and also for a ban on high-capacity magazines. how about it? lots going on. we'll get into all of that. first, let's get the latest, today's current news update, lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi lisa, good morning. >> hey bill. good morning everyone. a little bit more on the president's schedule today. this is brand new coming from the white house this morning. president obama will address the nation to take action on avoiding those automatic budget cuts scheduled to hit next friday. president obama will be joined by emergency responders during his speech. the white house says these are the kinds of working americans whose
president obama has signed the emergency declaration for connecticut to bring in resources. >> good news. anna, thanks. our chief meteorologist rick reichmuth in the fox extreme weather center. we understand there's another severe weather threat. >> it's not for the northeast. i'll start with the northeast and that storm that's severe is going to be into the underneath northeast tomorrow and rain. it's not severe but rain. molly was talking about a warmup. the temperatures look pretty good. the problem is with the rain, even though the temperatures are warmer, because it's rain, the rain is going to fall on the snow and suck up the rain like a sponge and get very hard. today has to be the day you shovel your roofs because tomorrow, add the weight of the water and likely roofs will collapse. today's the day you do your work. it's a nice day. do everything you can. this is a look at that storm you see temperatures getting above freezing for the most part for everybody. it's overnight tonight into tomorrow morning we start to see this move in. starting as a little bit of freezing rain mixin
and president obama. meanwhile, in other political headlines, jesse jackson jr. has been charged with misusing campaign funds. federal prosecutors filed the indictment against jackson friday. practices cuters say jackson diverted about $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use, including a $43,000 gold plated rolex watch and more than $22,000 in michael jackson memorabilia. >>> "the washington post" is reporting that fbi agents had been looking into allegations that new jersey democrat senator bob menendez patronized prostitutes while in the dominican republic. "the post" cites sources familiar with the investigation says new evidence has been found to support the claims so far. >>> and president obama in his weekly address today told the american public that cuts in federal programs will hurt the middle class. >> i disagree with republicans who think we should do that by making even bigger cuts to things like education and job training, or medicare, and social security benefits. that would force our senior citizens and working families to bear the burden of deficit reduction while the wealt
in common. republicans control the states legislatures and governor's mansions and president obama won the last two elections in those states. the scheme seemed to have crashed before they even began in most of those states. in florida, for example, top republicans have publicly backed away. in virginia a bill in the state senate was killed in committee. in ohio the republican governor indicated he was opposed. it's the same in michigan and wisconsin where even paul ryan recently said he was against the change. that leaves just one state for now, pennsylvania. and republicans there seem intent on going ahead. the senate majority leader says he will introduce legislation this month to change how the state's electoral votes are awarded. that woot mean instead of obama winning all of the state's 20 electoral votes, veld gotten only 12. it's another example of republicans trying to fight a demographic war that's going against them. will this latest scheme succeed? jim burn is the chairman of the democratic party of pennsylvania and eugene robinson is a columnist for "the washington post" a
with president obama's very public attempt to pressure congress into putting off billions of dollars in automatic spending cuts, cuts he fears will wreck the u.s. economic recovery. basically he wants lawmakers to kick the can down the road one more time. let's go to our white house correspondent dan lothian. dan is joining us. dan, the president made a little bit of a surprise appearance over in the white house briefing room. >> reporter: that's right. very surprising because the president in the past has criticized these short-term deals saying that this is not what the american people sent their elected officials to washington to do. you have this march 1st deadline quickly approaching. while congress is trying to work on a bigger budget, 1 pine point $2 trillion package, the president says they need more time in order to continue tipping away at the problem. the big concern is that everyone believes that the economy is moving in the right direction. the president is pointing to auto sales, the housing, to manufacturing. and so there's this worry that if this see quester happens, if these deep
will play out today at the white house and on capitol hill. president obama will meet today with labor leaders and immigration reform groups to discuss his plan to reform the nation's immigration reform laws. he'll discuss the issue some of the country's most prominent ceos. across town, there will be the first in a series of hearings on immigration reform. >>> new this morning, a search for an armed robber near the university of maryland. this happened just after hiddenite of paint branch parkway in college park, not far from student housing and fraternity row. it's not clear what the robber took or if there were injuries. police do not believe the suspect is still in the area. >>> would you share your sexual orientation on a college application? that's what georgetown university law school will have do. they want to track the number of gay applicants to set up better support services. the study was first reported by the campus newspaper. four of the top 20 law schools in the country have students to disclose their sexual orientation. >>> police in texas say an iraq war veteran admitt
obama like you've never seen him before. white house press secretary jay carney tweeted this picture a short time ago. it's of the president who is shooting at clay targets. it was taken august 4th of 2012 on the range at camp david. the president had mentioned his skeat shooting exploits in an interview with the new republic last week. the pick toured release comes just ahead of the president's visit to minneapolis monday where he is going to promote his gun control proposals. new today president obama says 2013 can be a year of solid economic growth but only if washington gets out of the way. >> we are poised to grow in 2013. and there are real signs of progress. home prices are starting to climb again. car sales are at a five-year high. manufacturing is roaring back. our business has created 2.2 million jobs last year. and we just learned that our economy created more jobs over the last few months than economists originally thought. >> hey, guys, holding back on front page politics and back to alabama now where there's a news conference on that hostage situation. let's take a list
part of this morning reading them. yet the obama administration within months of taking office released several olc memos describing the legal justification for the treatment of terrorist detainees in u.s. custody. do you think it was appropriate that a different standard was applied to the release of the memos from the bush administration than those produced by the obama administration? >> i do not think there was a different standard. >> one was released within four months of the obama administration taking office. the other had been requested for a very long -- a much longer time. >> i am not a lawyer. i have come to learn of the term dui generis. the olc memos released after the president came into office were released because the program was terminated. olc wiolll counsel opinions, and those opinions were looked at in a different way because of the sui generis circumstances. >> both are essential for the ability of congress to carry its oversight responsibilities. finally, the intelligence reform act and terrorist prevention act of 2004, with which you are very familiar and which i
comes exactly a week after president obama unveiled his immigration reform plan. a bipartisan group of senators announced its plan proposal a day earlier. >>> the white house is showing it's serious about beefing up security along the country's borders. jan janet napolitano is traveling to tout what she calls -- she'll be in el paso, texas today. she was in san diego yesterday. they are the most popular in the country for illegal border crossings. napolitano says the border is secure but not 100% sealed. >>> new this morning, police are looking for an armed robber just off the campus of the university of maryland. the holdup happened just after midnight in the area of paint branch parkway in rhode island avenue in college park. that's not far from student housing and fraternity row. it's not clear what the robber took or whether there were any injuries. police do not believe the suspect is sill in the area. >> housing is expected by d.c. mayor vincent gray's top priority during his state of the district address later today. according to the washington post, gray wants to use some of
they will still pursue cases. in. >>> in the meantime, president obama is meeting today with top nares. the president will sit down with john mccain and south carolina senator lindsey graham. they are part of the bipartisan gang of eight senators working on a plan for immigration reform. >>> happening right now, a congressional hearing on those automatic spending cuts set to kick in this friday. the subcommittee of the house appropriations committee on defense is looking into the impact of the sequester cuts on the defense department. coming up at 7:15, the tug-of- war between president obama and republicans over what to do about the automatic spending cuts. >>> 7:06. court documents giving new details about the recent murder of a south bay millionaire. suspected prostitute ka she frau fritz is one of those -- katrina fritz is one of those accused of being involved. court documents refer to one of kumar's main girls who had details of his mansion. her brothers is among three others charged in kumar's murder. >>> san francisco police have opened up a homicide investigation into dallas a
be a threat? also in a few minutes u.s. senate expected to vote on chuck hagel president obama's controversial nominee for defense secretary. we'll bring to it live. more on what's going on in egypt right now. a holt air balloon carrying lots of tourists explodes and plummets to the ground. we're finding out how this could happen. we're going live to egypt. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the huge winter storm, the national weather service is now calling historic. cities like amarillo, texas, wichita, kansas have broken snowfall records. 45 million in 21 states are being affected one way or another. the storm is blamed for at least three deaths. look at this. it's even dangerous after the storm blows away. in kansas city, the heavy wet snow is causing roofs to collapse. nobody was hurt in this building. but the snow is also bringing down tree limbs on to power lines. in kansas city thousands of people are reported without power. george, what's going on? >> reporter: this is par for the course here in the midwest. this is the second time in a week that this r
stands adjourned. >> c-span will be live shortly in chicago where president obama is expected to touch on some of the points from his state of the union speech. it will be devoted on things like raising the minimum wage and he might touch on gun policy. the president made plans to meet privately with students in the antiviolence committee. but first a look at the future of the army with army chief of staff with raymond odierno. he was at the brookings institution earlier today. >> first begin with the $18 billion number that you mentioned. some follow the nitty gritty more than others. let's talk about that number. the $18 billion is in your operation and maintenance account which is paying for everything from the civilian work force to health care, training and maintaining equipment, getting ready for war. you said you're going to protect the funds in that account for those who are already deployed and the who are about to go. can you plain this in -- explain this in the kinds of things these force would be do in the spring and summer that they won't be able to do this year. >> there
. >>> president obama is pressuring congress to get to wo work. he wants a deal on those forced spending cuts that go into effect march 1st if no deal gets done. that means a cut of $85 billion this year. we've been telling you what those cuts mean to you. athena jones tells us what that means to you on early education. >> reporter: dropping her grandson off at an early head start center in virginia. give me a kiss. love you. >> they're all different sizes. >> reporter: she says the preschool program for low-income families is vital to his success. >> when they do get into kindergarten, they know their a, b, cs, they know how to count. my 7-year-old, she started off in early head start at 3. very smart, honor roll student and it came from early head start. >> reporter: ward supports three children by cleaning hotel rooms so she relies on head start for child care. her 3-year-old niece is on the wait list for head start but she could become up to 70,000 kids the administration says will be shut out of the program if forced spending cuts go into effect this friday. those cuts would come even as
. >>> president obama has just landed in washington after a trip today in an effort to garner public support for reform of gun laws. >>> president obama needed a pitch for gun control in minneapolis today. >> if there's even one thing we can do once did y want -- louse in 2011 avalanching several in addition tills. >> but in a roundtable discussion, the mayor told the president he needs help. president obama wants lawmakers to -- and limits to high-capacity magazines. >> we don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something. >> mr. obama wants congress to act while memories remain fresh. >> the advisers are making the argument that the political landscape has changed since newtown. this campaign will test that theory. >> quinnipiac university recently polled voters in three states, virginia, new jersey and pennsylvania. 90% said they support wider background checks. harry reid just got behind background checks. he said the senate will likely introduce a gun bill next month, but that's no guarantee of progress. conservative lawmakers and the gun lobby still oppose any new gu
to citizenship for illegal immigrants. >>> the obama administration is also asking the court to declare the defense of marriage act unconstitutional. in a brief the government argues that the law denies federal benefits to tens of thousands of same sex couples who are legally married under state law. the brief didn't address proposition 8, california's ban on gay marriage. the court is scheduled to hear the defense of marriage case next month. >> the governor is in washington dc this weekend for the meeting of national governors. putting in federal health care reform is one of the top issues. brown is also on the natural resources committee which will meet tomorrow to talk about extreme weather events in the united states. then on monday the governors plan to meet with the president. >>> democrats no longer have super majority power in the state senate. marco rubio stepped down siting family reasons. this means democrats have 26 senate seats, that's one sort of the threshold they need to pass tax changes and override vetoes. the loss is only expected to be temporary. the district will
for her next sunday. >> absolutely. we will. >>> president obama hit the links with tiger woods. nobody was really allowed to see it, though. there was a press blackout. we'll talk about that, straight ahead. watching "starting point." back in just a moment. [ lorenzo ] i'm lorenzo. i work for 47 different companies. well, technically i work for one. that company, the united states postal service® works for thousands of home businesses. because at usps.com® you can pay, print and have your packages picked up for free. i can even drop off free boxes. i wear a lot of hats. well, technically i wear one. the u.s. postal service®, no business too small. >>> welcome back to "starting point." minding your business. market is closed for president's day. the s & p 500, on a seven-week winning streak. up 10% over the past three months. that's good. solid start to 2013. a lot of important economic data. we'll get consumer and producer prices. >>> taking home less pay because the payroll tax break expired. now the dreaded sequester. a controller for the office of management and budget said that
hillary clinton, about susan rice, about the state department. yesterday it became about president obama. and the question was, where was he, after having a prescheduled meeting in the afternoon on that day, secretary panetta spoke to him no more. i think what became clear with lindsey graham's questioning about possible military activity is that nobody in the pentagon would have ordered military act ship without a specific order from the president. and the president wasn't around. rick: i want do ask you both, we have about a minute and a half left. another story came out of these hearings. that is the president himself, rick, himself opposed a plan that was supported by pretty much everybody else in his administration, to try to arm the rebels in syria. what do you make of that? >> you know i think it's remarkable that his team was really recommending that we needed to do something to support what was happening there and identify the opposition, the right opposition and then try to give them some sort of military support. and the president said no. i think this goes back to exactly who
one week ahead of his state of the union address. president obama is juggling a full plate of proposals on guns and immigration. janet napolitano. >> we are committed to making sure this sector and the entire southwest border remains secure. >> reporter: immigration reform would allow estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the u.s. to earn citizenship. on monday he took his push for tougher gun laws to minneapolis, the city known as murderapolis in the mid '90s. >> weapons of war have no place on our streets or in our schools or threaten iing our law enforcement officers. >> reporter: against the backdrop of those officers, president obama urged supporters to call on congress to act. >> we don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something. >> reporter: while both sides largely agree with a need for extended background checks, reinstating the assault weapons ban remains the most controversial effort. president obama is ignoring the nation's economic challenges, critics say. >> our economy could use some presidential leadership right now. >>
howell, thank you very much. >>> president obama is speaking out on a number of issues today. he went on cbs this afternoon and voiced his support that gay boys should be allowed in the boy scouts of america. >> my attitude is, that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity, the same way everybody else does. in every institution and walk of life. and the scouts are a great institution that are promoting young people and exposing them to opportunities and leadership that will serve people for the rest of their lives. i think nobody should be barred for that. >> the president says he has no regrets about lifting the ban on women in combat. >> i don't. and the reason has become -- because women as a practical matter are now in combat. they may not get treated as if they're in combat, but when they're in theater in places like iraq and afghanistan, they're vulnerable, they're wounded. and they've been killed. and they have carried out their jobs with extraordinary patriotism and distinction. and i've said before, the greatest honor i have as president is being commander in chie
, almost daily see where they are taking flights which cost the taxpayers multimillion dollar. mrs. obama going overseas. they take all their friends, guests, and reporters with them. the biggest percentage of their flights are for political purposes. do you have any comment on this? guest: in the pentagon and dod as well as other federal agencies, they are curtailing travel for employees for state conferences and stuff along those lines. that stuff has already been frozen. sequestration, there are waivers that have been approved. there have been some major military trade shows in the last two weeks down south. it is yet to be seen whether those will continue if the cuts go into effect. host: senator john mccain was on the talk shows over the weekend. here is what he had to say. [video clip] >> we have already cut undersecretary gates. we are on track to cut another $487 billion out of defense. now you lay on top of that these enormous reductions as well. by the way, defense is 19% of the overall discretionary budget. defense is taking 50% of the cuts. if we do not believe our military le
many i doing? the campaign. he was so controversial. and then, of course, when barack obama was running, he was very not just controversial, but he went over, some said, over the edge and became really alienated from a lot of the leaders. there's no denying the force that he was in new york city. and the remarkable character that he was. >> absolutely. >> all those years. >> he was, donny, the face of new york for so long. >> he is. i grew up in the city. and i love him. and i actually think his way was an early, early precursor to probably the most, if not hillary clinton, loved politician today, chris christie, straight talking, who he is, the embodiment of a region, unapologetically, and obviously stylistically very different but kind of built from the same mold. he was one of the greatest. >> he was another of the generation of these guys, these leaders, that we're losing now to who served in world war ii, was drafted in 1943, landed on a beach in france in 1944, you know, by the time he was 20 something years old and then went on to do all these great things. and he was still, unti
. thanks. to washington, where 3rez obama's choice for defense secretary remains in limbo. chuck hagel's nomination so hold for a week while congress is in recess. what's all the drama involving this vote? david gregory is moderator of "meet the press". good morning. >> good morning. >> a republican standing against his nomination here. i think we're used to republicans standing up against the president. why in this case which it seems to be a foregone conclusion that he will eventually get through? >> a lot of republicans don't like him. don't take my word for it. that's what john mccain said on thursday, saying there's a lot of ill-will over republicans over hagel's criticism of president bush and iraq and the surge and all the rest. and as a result they're jamming them up. i don't think it ultimately keeps him from being defense secretary. but it does weaken him, as well as his own performance at his confirmation hearing, which left a lot of people disappointed as well. >> and there is some discussion that this delay might allow his opponents to have more ammunition against him. any
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